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by canderson
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ground cover alternatives for large, sloping areas
Replies: 5
Views: 768

Re: Ground cover alternatives for large, sloping areas

We have a similar set up and planted creeping thyme. Within three years it's essentially completely covered and chokes out nearly all weeds.

We live in Pennsylvabia so have harsh winters and pretty hot summers (hill is in direct sun all day).
by canderson
Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amish furniture maker recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 1976

Re: Amish furniture maker recommendation

Looking at the invoice, the table and chairs came to about $3000. The shipping was an extra $900 for the "white glove" service where they bring it in your house and set it up. These are substantial pieces of furniture - not light and flimsy. They should last several generations. Our guy b...
by canderson
Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amish furniture maker recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 1976

Re: Amish furniture maker recommendation

Greetings from Amish country, PA!

The only place I ke that sells actualyAmosh (or Mennonite, they work together often in furniture building) is Gish's (http://gishs.com).

Every wood furniture piece we own was custom-built by a man that lives a few miles away. He does work for Gish time-to-time.
by canderson
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to dispose tube TV in Pennsylvania. Township won't pick up.
Replies: 37
Views: 3233

Re: Need to dispose tube TV in Pennsylvania. Township won't pick up.

If you don't mind posting the township, I might be able to help you.
by canderson
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy used cars like a Boglehead actually should?
Replies: 168
Views: 19792

Re: Do you buy used cars like a Boglehead actually should?

We are a one-car family due to me being unable to drive. This dictators our behavior. We buy new. We do not but extended warranties. We sell at the 75-85j mile mark for $10-12k and then pay cash for a new, new car. We can't afford car troubles so are OK with paying a bit of a premium to insure again...
by canderson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?

Toons wrote:This prior thread may give you some insight :happy

viewtopic.php?t=133168

Search never brought that up (or I never saw it somehow). Thank you!
by canderson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?

My refrigerator makes odd noises, too. It is more than 20 years old. I'm thinking about fixing the odd noises and told my spouse that we need to eat everything in the freezer compartment, so that I can take a look. She is doing me a favor by always buying more things to put in the freezer. So have ...
by canderson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Need to replace refrigerator, buying advice?

Our 10 year old refrigerator is making odd noises and I assume on its last legs. It's lasted longer than we imagined, it has a little heater in the freezer to prevent water leaking and the ice maker died years ago. So, we are looking to replace it soon. The myriad of brands overwhelms me and I'd lov...
by canderson
Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: D-Day message from France
Replies: 27
Views: 3053

Re: D-Day message from France

If you want to visit Normandy I urge you to plan soon. Erosion is washing away the beach landing bunker areas and they'll be gone in a decade if not less.
by canderson
Sun May 31, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?
Replies: 93
Views: 6577

Re: Which grocery stores do you shop at and why?

Wegmans.

Because it's the best grocery store in America.
by canderson
Sat May 30, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Behavioral finance and restaurants
Replies: 72
Views: 6754

Re: Behavioral finance and restaurants

Live in Harrisburg. Pa. A couple times a year we drive the 2:45 to NYC for dinner. We also drive the 2 hours to eat in DC at Rasika or Founding Farmers. We sometimes drive 34-40 minutes for restaurants in Lancaster, the apple country, etc. those are maybe once every other month. That's always to mee...
by canderson
Tue May 26, 2015 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Once in a life time trip.
Replies: 121
Views: 7530

Re: Once in a life time trip.

Agreed they are too young to blow the load now. Disney for 6 days is probably a dream for them.
by canderson
Tue May 26, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

I'd never heard of that before, but he said he sees it a few times a month in May and June as bugs hatch. I wrote about that in this thread already, so you must've heard about it before. Or did you think I was writing about a marijuana butt? :) Oh, no, was just correlating your comment! Great diagn...
by canderson
Tue May 26, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

Was surprisingly able to get a guy here around noon. A bug caused my a/c to fail. It got in the connectors at the capacitor and was preventing a current. Took 3 minutes to scrap him out and clean the connectors. I'd never heard of that before, but he said he sees it a few times a month in May and Ju...
by canderson
Mon May 25, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

Your thread is OK, but it looks like making the decision to replace the unit before finding out what is wrong is common to both threads. :) Ha, I def don't want to replace. I was not sure of it was possible to (if needed) replace the fan alone. Also I misspoke - it isn't a heat pump. It's a gas fur...
by canderson
Mon May 25, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

livesoft wrote:This is the second "jumping the gun" "my AC is not working" thread in the past few days. Here is the other one:
viewtopic.php?t=165922

I made this because mine makes no noise whatsoever. :)
by canderson
Mon May 25, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

Ah, see that box and all looks ok but I don't have a way here to test the fuses.

FWIW, it's a 10 Seer, 3 ton unit. I'm guessing I'd see a large efficiency improvement with a new unit, since 10 SEER seems to be quite poor.new
by canderson
Mon May 25, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

Thanks all. I'll hope for a fuse, I have poor vision so can't check those myself. All wires look to be connected snuggly. I hope I don't need a new system, but if so I'll be researching my tail off to find what works best. Our house is a single-family 1950 sq ft one but built a bit like a townhouse....
by canderson
Mon May 25, 2015 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Outside a/c fan isn't running (10 yr old system)

We have been in England the past two weeks, and today is our first full day back and first day for the a/c needing to run. I noticed the temp was rising and realized the outside unit set running. No hum, no buzz, nada. Frustratingly we had it serviced the first week of May! I checked/flipped the bre...
by canderson
Sun May 24, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Viking river Cruise - Budapest to Nuremberg
Replies: 11
Views: 1731

Re: Viking river Cruise - Budapest to Nuremberg

Be aware Viking has a IMO crazy prepayment policy, something like 9 months or even 1 year in advance of your sail date you have to pay the balance off for the entire trip.

We won't sail them for this reason. YMMV
by canderson
Thu May 21, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Don't come to Europe with a new chip and sign credit card
Replies: 62
Views: 10394

Re: Don't come to Europe with a new chip and sign credit card

I've been in Englahd fur a week and a half, flying home tomorrow.

My Chase Sapphire Preferred Chip + Sig card has worked everywhere. Country pubs, Underground unmanned kiosks, roadside concession stands, hotels. Not once has it been declined
by canderson
Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on travel to Bermuda?
Replies: 11
Views: 1350

Re: Tips on travel to Bermuda?

We were there last August, it was oppressively hot. And I'm from Texas!

It's a beautiful island and the bus system makes it incredibly easy to get around. You no longer have to wear a tie or coat anywhere at anytime thankfully!

It's very expensive and staying in Hamilton makes it most convenient.
by canderson
Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruises
Replies: 35
Views: 5378

Re: Cruises

We have used bestpricecruises.com, Vacations2Go and AAA, along with our membership club travel agent.

bestpricecruises.com IMO is easiest and cheapest to deal with, has no cancellation fees and gives often a boatload of on-vp board spending credit.
by canderson
Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla to start making Batteries for Home Solar
Replies: 61
Views: 5074

Re: Tesla to start making Batteries for Home Solar

Could these by an alternative to whole-home generators? We live in a city, have natural gas and no fireplace. I'm always scared of long power outages in winter since we have no alternative heat source and running a generator isn't practical due to space/potential theft. Could a battery like this pla...
by canderson
Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Booking a cruise online
Replies: 8
Views: 1316

Re: Booking a cruise online

We cruise regularly.

VacatinsToGo, bestpricecruises.com, and cruisecompete.com are your friend.
by canderson
Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $600 night guard for teeth grinding, really?
Replies: 92
Views: 6990

Re: $600 night guard for teeth grinding, really?

My wife was quoted $640 for hers. She called around and found the lowest was $320. Went back to her normal dentist and presented the ultimatum: $320 or I get it elsewhere.

She had it one that day at her normal dentist.

Like many things, these are highly inflated but negotiable.
by canderson
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much was your Tax Refund (or amount DUE)
Replies: 110
Views: 8542

Re: How much was your Tax Refund (or amount DUE)

$23,000 on the 1099 DIV capital gains killed me. I wish I knew enough to not have to owe so much other than increase my paycheck withholding. Capital gains on a 1099-DIV means that you are holding funds in taxable that have had capital gains distributions. It may be hard to get out of it now, but t...
by canderson
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much was your Tax Refund (or amount DUE)
Replies: 110
Views: 8542

Re: How much was your Tax Refund (or amount DUE)

Owe the fed $3.145. Owe Pennsylvania about $940.

$23,000 on the 1099 DIV capital gains killed me. I wish I knew enough to not have to owe so much other than increase my paycheck withholding.
by canderson
Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Austin, TX in March. What should we be doing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1711

Re: Going to Austin, TX in March. What should we be doing?

Not a bad idea in any event. Lots of terrific driving scenery and some interesting small towns. Plus you can drive like 110 mph on TX 130 and get passed on the right. :) I may have to make a special effort to get back sometime soon then :happy Do people still pull over and drive on the shoulder of ...
by canderson
Sat Feb 21, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Austin, TX in March. What should we be doing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1711

Re: Going to Austin, TX in March. What should we be doing?

Torchy's Tacos. Gingerbread pancakes at Magnolia's. Tour the Capitol. Eat at Chuy's. Visit Mt. Bonnell. If you're there during SXSW however ... abandon all hope and instead explore the hill country . If you have time take a daytrip to Shiner (brewery tour) then Lockhart (Black's). I'm honestly not ...
by canderson
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Austin, TX in March. What should we be doing?
Replies: 24
Views: 1711

Re: Going to Austin, TX in March. What should we be doing?

Torchy's Tacos. Gingerbread pancakes at Magnolia's. Tour the Capitol. Eat at Chuy's. Visit Mt. Bonnell. If you're there during SXSW however ... abandon all hope and instead explore the hill country. If you have time take a daytrip to Shiner (brewery tour) then Lockhart (Black's). I'm honestly not on...
by canderson
Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone like the new Toyota/Lexus grilles?
Replies: 61
Views: 5016

Re: Does anyone like the new Toyota/Lexus grilles?

We have a 14 RAV4 and like it. . I have a 2008 RAV4 which I like for short distances and when I need 4WD but it has the most uncomfortable seats I've ever sat in, it is loud (road noise) and it has been recalled six times. Are the new ones any better? We have the Limited and I find them comfortable...
by canderson
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone like the new Toyota/Lexus grilles?
Replies: 61
Views: 5016

Re: Does anyone like the new Toyota/Lexus grilles?

We have a 14 RAV4 and like it. I LOVE the new Lexus NX grilles, so much it is pushing me to but one soon.
by canderson
Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy nice men's dress shirts?
Replies: 84
Views: 7418

Re: Where to buy nice men's dress shirts?

Charles Tyrwhitt is amazing.
by canderson
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I a mess?
Replies: 31
Views: 4237

Re: Am I a mess?

The car rate is killer. The $25,000 in cash is quite substantial imo compared to most of your (and mine) peers, though, so it's not all dire news.

Pay that car off ASAP, along with your other debts, then your credit score can start to improve.
by canderson
Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for ideas for a romantic getaway
Replies: 31
Views: 2471

Re: Looking for ideas for a romantic getaway

Your points may not get you this far but a neighbor took his wife on a surprise 10th anniversary trip and told her to take her passport. The surprise was .... drum roll .... a week in Paris. I'm doing his exact same thing in May for our 10th, except London. It isn't the beach, and it's pricey, but ...
by canderson
Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loss of water pressure when using hot water
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Re: Loss of water pressure when using hot water

livesoft wrote:The cynic in me tells me they knew it was the cold water supply, but did the hot-side first so they could get you to pay for twice the work.

Ha! I'd guess no, this guy has given us all sorts of supplies with no costs over the years, he's not one to screw us over (I don't believe at least!).
by canderson
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loss of water pressure when using hot water
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Re: Loss of water pressure when using hot water

Update! Plumber came and solved the issue. Turns out it was a dielectric nipple failure in the cold water supply to the heater. He first replaced the hot water dielectric nipple but the symptoms didn't change. Expansion tank is in good shape, he said, as is the water heater itself. Other than the sm...
by canderson
Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loss of water pressure when using hot water
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Re: Loss of water pressure when using hot water

After 10 years I would guess that the thermal expansion take may have failed if you have one. This is the 2 gallon jug-looking thing on the pipe near your water heater. A failed expansion tank can result in increased hot water pressure when the water heater has been heating for a while (like overni...
by canderson
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loss of water pressure when using hot water
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Re: Loss of water pressure when using hot water

If it's multiple sinks then it has to be a leak in the main line or the tank itself. Did you lose cold pressure? Loss of pressure to me would make me immediately look under the house and the tank for a leak. Then I would go to the main and see if it's leaking. I would turn off every faucet and see ...
by canderson
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loss of water pressure when using hot water
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Re: Loss of water pressure when using hot water

Thanks everyone. All looks good regarding valves. I'll call the plumber tomorrow, I'm off Monday so should be able to get a visit then. In case the water heater is on its last legs, any advice on new ones? Only requirement is I'd like a digital temp reading where we can set vacation mode easily. We ...
by canderson
Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loss of water pressure when using hot water
Replies: 24
Views: 2366

Loss of water pressure when using hot water

In the past few days we have experienced a loss of water pressure the hotter the water is. It is in our master shower specifically, but I can mimic it in multiple sinks upstairs and downstairs. There is still pressure, but I'd guess about half of what it is when set to cold only. Also, the water tem...
by canderson
Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options for moving our pets across country
Replies: 47
Views: 2842

Re: Options for moving our pets across country

I'll just say I've never known an animal to fly and not be traumatized by the experience. They can be totally different after the experience.
by canderson
Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Energy Audit - worth it?
Replies: 22
Views: 2524

Re: Home Energy Audit - worth it?

This is hardly conclusive. IMO the blower door is a lot more useful than the IR. Most old construction has several square feet (!) of holes between the heated house and the attic and basement. I had >10 sq ft in my house, all buried under insulation (which does not block airlfow). Closing that up s...
by canderson
Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Energy Audit - worth it?
Replies: 22
Views: 2524

Re: Home Energy Audit - worth it?

I work with engineers and Thursday two actually came to the house to do an audit. They wanted a cold day and since it was 6 outside it worked. ;) They didn't do the blower test due to tming issues, but used their infrared scanners everywhere, looked at HVAC, etc. They found a few issues that can't b...
by canderson
Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidifiers
Replies: 25
Views: 3000

Re: Humidifiers

We too are facing this issue. It is currently 7 outside, indoor humidity upstairs is around 18 percent while downstairs is around 22 percent. Question on whole-home systems: my furnace is 10 years old and in a tight spot, if purchased can the humidifier be used when if I need a furnace replacement? ...
by canderson
Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Elderly monitoring camera experience
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

Re: Elderly monitoring camera experience

I highly recommend Dropcam. Easy as pie to set up, multiple ways to view feed, audio, recording capabilities.

I have three in my home but as cat monitors wen we travel.:)
by canderson
Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you shop for groceries?
Replies: 97
Views: 8814

Re: Where do you shop for groceries?

Wegmans.

Only Wegmans. Best grocer in America.
by canderson
Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best microwave to replace kitchen stove
Replies: 26
Views: 2353

Re: Best microwave to replace kitchen stove

Breville Smart Oven sounds good but how do you feel about these comments........ http://www.amazon.com/Breville-BOV800XL-1800-Watt-Convection-Toaster/product-reviews/B001L5TVGW/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0 I'll always take 1,900+ 5 star comments over...
by canderson
Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best microwave to replace kitchen stove
Replies: 26
Views: 2353

Re: Best microwave to replace kitchen stove

I HIGHLY recommend the Breville Smart Oven for this. It can bake anything, reheat food, ex. We barely use our oven now honestly because of the appliance.

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